José Tomás Hurley

Associate

jthurley@carey.cl
+56 2 2928 2211

His professional practice is focused on mining and energy law, particularly in the development of mining, energy and infrastructure projects, negotiation of energy supply and transmission contracts, NCRE accreditations, regulatory matters, and natural resources transactions.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • SunPower Corporation on the negotiation of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to supply 60% of the energy demand to Metro, the state-owned company that operates Santiago’s subway. The PPA backed the financing and construction of the PV power project El Pelícano of up to 98MW.
  • Total and SunPower Corporation on the negotiation of PPA to supply 500 GWh to Colbún.
  • Codelco on the negotiation and renegotiation of its PPAs required for the energy supply of the mining operations of Codelco’s northern district.
  • Parque Arauco on the tender process and negotiation of a PPA with AES Gener aimed to supply energy to Parque Arauco’s retail facilities located in Chile. The advice involved all regulatory matters related to the conversion from regulated client to unregulated client.
  • Sierra Gorda, a mining company owned by KGHM and Sumitomo, on several regulatory and commercial matters related to the supply and transport of energy to the mining facilities.
  • Sojitz Corporation on the acquisition of the PV Power Project “Huatacondo” of up to 98MW of capacity, owned by Austrian Solar.
  • Marubeni Corporation on the acquisition of a 30% stake in the Antucoya mining project owned by Antofagasta Minerals.
  • SunEdison, developer of PV solar power projects, on the negotiation of its power purchase and transmission agreements with CAP, and certain aspects pertaining to the development, financing and EPC construction of the PV power projects Llanos de Llampo.
  • Distributed Power Partners, Verano Capital, Cielo Wind, Andes Mainstream and other power companies on the development and sale of its NCRE projects.
  • Several companies and investment banks, as tendering companies, bidders and/or lenders, on private and public tender processes to purchase and supply capacity and energy through long term agreements.
  • Ministry of Energy of Chile on structuring three bills of law for the promotion of the “electric highway”, NCRE and the interconnection of the northern and central grids of Chile.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Finalist in Energy, Leading Lawyers, Idealis (2016).
  • Best Pro Bono Coordinator Award, Fundación Pro Bono (2012).

ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Foreign Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney (2015).
  • Member of the Sustainability Committee of Chile-Australia Chamber of Commerce (2010-2012).
  • Law Clerk, Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Group, Carey (2005-2008).

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author of case note on Warkworth Mining Limited v/s Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association Inc, Local Government Law Journal (2015).
  • Co-author of the chapter about Regulated Industries: Mining, Doing Business in Chile, 2nd Edition, British Chilean Chamber (2013).
  • Co-author of  “Lithium Industry & the Chilean Case”,  Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (2011).

SEMINARS

  • Co-speaker “Main Aspects of the Legal Mining Easement” at the XIV Congress of Mining Law (2012).

RELATED AREAS


Education

  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (Summa Cum Laude).
  • Exchange student, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2007).
  • LL.M. in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (Beca Chile) (2014).

Admissions

  • Chile (2010).

Languages

  • Spanish.
  • English.


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